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(Tribute Poem for My Father) on Anniversary of His Death

Linda's passion for writing began as a young girl writing in her journal. She finds solace & healing as the words flow through her.

Tribute Poem for my Father

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Dad with his WWII bomber pilot crew

Dad is the handsome chap on the very left bottom row.

Dad is the handsome chap on the very left bottom row.

Dad as a young man in his fishing boat on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

Dad as a young man in his fishing boat on Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota

After becoming an expert fighter pilot in WWII, Dad becomes a professional pilot for NorthWest Airlines. There he will meet his future wife who was a flight attendant for North Cenral Airlines  They will be blessed with five healthy children

After becoming an expert fighter pilot in WWII, Dad becomes a professional pilot for NorthWest Airlines. There he will meet his future wife who was a flight attendant for North Cenral Airlines They will be blessed with five healthy children

Tribute Poem to my Father

Dear daddy how I miss you so

I think of you daily as you probably know

You were my beacon on a long cold night

when life gets hard your no longer in sight

Life was so full when your presence was here

Memories of you make me feel you are near

Our relationship was deeper than most daughter/dad

I am grateful for the love and connection we had

Pain grew into healing when you put down the drink

it was like all suffering just ran down the sink

I had dreamed of the day you'd see all the pain

that the bottle put between us, it wasn't in vain

My dream came to fruition when you asked God to help you

Your five hopeful kids knew it was possible to do

I'll never forget when you dropped to your knees

"I'm sorry children, forgive me I ask, "please."

The last years with you brought us close as can be

I can't wait when in heaven, I see you and you me



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Comments

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on September 07, 2014:

It always feels so good when someone reads one of my poems to my dad. You and I both know that deep missing feeling, but one day we will be together again-when it's our time of course-I'm not in any rush. LOL

Elena from London, UK on September 07, 2014:

Beautiful Tribute, Linda. I'm reading it 3 years after you wrote it and it touches my heart. The last line is a line I always have in my thoughts about my Mum.

Best Wishes. x

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 17, 2012:

Dear Pam~thanks for not only your kind words and comment but for sharing your story too. I lost mom at age 9 to alcoholism and dad was left to raise five kids. He finally put down the drink for good in his 60's which gave us plenty of healing time. I agree with you that we never get over the loss, no matter what age we are. I think of them daily and have had some visits from them too which is helpful for the grief. Blessings to you.

Pamlia Wall from Ararat North Carolina on November 17, 2012:

I lost my mother to alcoholism several years ago. It is a tough, tough thing to lose a parent. I am 58 years old and still grieve at times for the loss. I don't believe we ever get over it but we learn to cope more as time goes by. It is a lot easier if we know we will meet them again in heaven though. Thank you so much for this beautiful poem.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on June 21, 2011:

It is tough to lose a parent so young but it does teach lessons and shape you for life. Thanks Susie for reading this :-)

SusieQ42 on June 20, 2011:

Wow, lots of comments! My kids lost their dad when they were just 6 and 8 years old. Sad poem but beautiful.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on March 11, 2011:

Thanks so much toknowinfo-I lost mom in 4th grade and dad when I was 35. Both losses were tough but they live on in my heart and memories. Yes, my writing helps heal me in all of these losses and painful times. So glad I have hubpages. Thanks for your support. Your so awesome:)

toknowinfo on March 10, 2011:

I am so touched by your poem and tribute to your Dad. I lost my father when I was 14 years old. I had a great relationship with him. The essence of our parents live on in us, so we can pass it down to our children. I am glad that at least you had some years to connect to him. It is hard to lose someone we love, and I hope your writing and creativity help you heal a little more everyday.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on February 20, 2011:

We have a lot in common Dolores. Booze sure can cause heart ache and pain. I thank God you and I got some good sober days with our fathers. My dad has been gone 13 and I feel like you. I still miss him soo much. I dream about him all the time and that helps me feel close to him.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on February 20, 2011:

They say you don't grow up until your father dies. My own dear father had his troubles with booze, but thank God he quit. He was the best man ever, booze his only fault. After he quit, he was perfect. 12 years gone and I still miss him so much.....

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on January 12, 2011:

Matt-Thank you-You got me all choked up with your kind and loving words. God Bless you:)

My dad was my world, especially because I lost my mom at age nine which made dad even more important to me. He fought his demons and won. He was a very good man. Thanks for reading matt:)

matt6v33 from Bangkok, Thailand on January 12, 2011:

Hello Young Lady,

as the tears flow from my eyes, i wanted u to know, that U Were, R, And always will be special to Him. I would love to have a daughter like you my dear!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on December 05, 2010:

It's hard losing a parent and I find writing about them is so helpful and healing. I have heard about Helium from my sister. I'll just await another poem from you.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on December 05, 2010:

What a beautiful poem. I wrote a tribute to my Dad too shortly after he passed away but it is published on Helium sad to say.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 02, 2010:

Hi pmccray-Thanks for your kind words friend.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 02, 2010:

Thanks my hubby friend. You are too kind:)

hubpageswriter on November 02, 2010:

It's indeed a beautiful tribute. You sure had a great Dad. Take care yeah.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on November 01, 2010:

Dear DeBorrah-Yes, our fathers are such a gift from God. Thank you for reading my tribute to my dad. Blessings:)

pmccray from Utah on October 29, 2010:

I am so glad you shared your feelings with fellow hubbers. Our loved ones leave an indelible mark on our hearts and our lives forever. Peace to you Minnetonka Twin

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on October 27, 2010:

Minnetonka Twin, Beautiful!! Lovely heartfelt tribute in memory of your Dad! We can be forever thankful to the Lord for blessing us with Great Fathers!

Thank you for sharing, In HIS Love, Grace, Joy, Peace & Blessings!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 25, 2010:

Hi Micky-Thanks for stopping by. Stevie Nicks is great and I thought it fit well here.

Micky Dee on October 25, 2010:

Very nice. Stevie Nicks is very nice decoration too! Very beautiful!

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 23, 2010:

You are so blessed to have your dad around. I know you will never take him for granted. Dad's are so important:)

Thanks for stopping Shirley:)

Shirley Pisa on October 23, 2010:

I can sense how close you were to your father. My father is still with me and we are also close. I owed so much to him. We are lucky to have such good men in our lives.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 22, 2010:

Hi MrMarmalade-Thanks for stopping and great to see one of my new hubber friends here. I will definitely go to that website you put on. :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 22, 2010:

Thanks pastella-Writing about dad makes me so happy, like I'm with him. Blessings:)

MrMarmalade from Sydney on October 21, 2010:

Hi,

Your story is close to mine even to twin and five. Alas the twins were boys so we ended up with five sons.

Still they look after us, very well.

Celebrated 53 years on Tuesday (married)

Check my website in about 8 days "Moneyforjamtips.com

pastella13 on October 21, 2010:

This is so beautiful and such a wonderful tribute to your Dad. You are gifted in writing poetry.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 18, 2010:

I am so sorry to hear your sadness Wife Who Saves. I have a feeling you were probably very close with your mom because of this. I know that before my mother died when I was nine, I was closer to her than dad. When mom died he was everything to me and the rest of his five kids. Weird how life turns out sometime. Thanks for sharing WWS. I appreciate you visiting :)

Wife Who Saves on October 18, 2010:

Such a loving tribute to your father. I never had that kind of relationship with mine. He deserted the family when my sister and I were very young, and is still a cold fish 60 years later.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 15, 2010:

Thank you carrie-Thanks for stopping in and reading my tribute. :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 15, 2010:

Thanks vietnam for reading my tribute to dad. I loved him so much. I appreciate you coming to see me and uplifting my spirits. :)

carrie450 from Winnipeg, Canada on October 15, 2010:

A very touching poem for your dad Minnetonka Twin. Nicely done.

vietnamvet68 from New York State on October 15, 2010:

What a beautiful tribute to your father this is. It is so heart felt.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 15, 2010:

Hi bayoulady. We both understand the great grief that accompanies a death of a daddy. Just remember our dad's are watching over us. They are right here and we can talk to them whenever we want. Thanks for being part of my hubber family and supporting me. October totally reminds me of dad. Peace:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 15, 2010:

Hi ButterflyWings. Nice of you to follow me and I just started following you too. Thanks for the lovely comment about my poem. I look forward to reading more of your hubs too.

bayoulady from Northern Louisiana,USA on October 14, 2010:

That is beautiful,M Twin! I miss my daddy so much.He died Fe. 2003.Some days are STILL bad.Every February, I really have trouble shaking the grief. My daddy was a wonderful Christian man, and I learned so much from him. In the hospital for 6 weeks, I even learned about death from him.

Joilene Rasmussen from Ovid on October 14, 2010:

This was beautiful. I am glad you put this out here for us to share, and rejoice with you.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 14, 2010:

Hi poetvix-So glad to see you stopped by and read my tribute to my dad. Yes, the addiction was tough but he was tougher. He didn't want to lose the love of his kids and was finally able to beat the bottle. Your comments were really sweet:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 14, 2010:

Dear Bobbi-Wow, what a compliment. Glad you got a good cry. Dad's have such a reaction with daughters. Thanks for stopping to read this, it means a lot:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 14, 2010:

Dear Bobbi-Wow, what a compliment. Glad you got a good cry. Dad's have such a reaction with daughters. Thanks for stopping to read this, it means a lot:)

poetvix from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country. on October 14, 2010:

What a beautiful tribute to your father. He sounds like a great man who loved his children very much. Beating an addiction for those he loved was a true showing of fortitude and commitment. This was so touching. It brought tears to my eyes.

BobbiRant from New York on October 14, 2010:

This one made me cry because it is such a beautiful write. You created a lovely tribute to a person you must have loved very much. I needed a good cry. Thank you.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 13, 2010:

Dear dalls, Carolina and 2besure-You are all so thoughtful to stop by my hub for dad. Thank You and know that having hub friends like you makes me a Very Happy Camper.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 13, 2010:

Hi Healing touch/sis-Yes, dad was an amazing man who aside from his struggles taught us so much about life and God. He had a spirit of love and walked the walk everyday with the little things in life that some people forget about. His relationship with God was an inspiration to me and has helped me so much of my life. Love you sis and dad is watching over us. :)

Pamela Lipscomb from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 13, 2010:

Very beautiful poem of healing, forgiveness and restoration.

carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on October 13, 2010:

what a beautiful sentiment!! nice work!!

Dallas W Thompson from Bakersfield, CA on October 12, 2010:

Sentimental, great tribute!

Healing touch on October 12, 2010:

MT, beautiful tribute to our wonderful father. He had issues like we all do, but what he taught us will live on in us and our kids.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

lifegate-Really nice to see you here reading my tribute. Yes, I am blessed that I was able to have good years with a dad that was sober. I gobbled up every minute of it too. Lots of great times:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

lorlie6-Thanks for coming by and giving me such a nice compliment. It means a lot that you liked it. Dad's are so great:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

God Bless you always exploring. I appreciate you coming by and reading my tribute to my father. Blessings:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

Hi Nellieanna and thank you for reading my tribute. I want to read your tribute to your dad when I'm done commenting to all of you lovely hubber friends. I do agree with you Nellieanna that there is a lot of expectation on men in this society. How hard it must be to have all the pressures as most men don't feel they can admit their scared or worried. I hope that more men today see that it is ok and even manly to be open about concerns and fears. I do see some changes today in how married couples share more in parenting, work and emotional needs. Here is to all the hard working and loving men and fathers in this world. Thanks N. for coming by:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

Hi KK and thanks so much for stopping by to read my tribute to dad. I'm in the mental health field and you are right on the money when you say that if a parent has an addiction, the whole family suffers with it. Dad went through treatment three times. The last time he finally did it for himself and not because he was forced to do it. By that time, he had lost much, including relationships with his kids and grandkids. Great to see you here.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

Hi there ManWithNoPants-I am grateful you got what you needed from your mother. Isn't it funny though, it seems no matter what a parent lacks we still love them just the same. I remember my aunt(she was a sister in the convent)asking me how I could love my dad so much when he did the things he did. I could not believe she didn't get how a parent is so important and loved no matter what they are going through. We are all human and all have some kind of struggle. I was young but it didn't stop me from telling her how off base she was. Our parents are a gift from God and they do the best they can.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

saddlerider-So sorry you didn't get that dad and son relationship that you so deserved. I bet you and your mother were very connected because of this. Even in these difficult situations that come to us in this life, there happen for a reason. It may take a while to figure out but good can always come from pain. Bless you for coming to visit and giving me support. :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

Thanks so much martie for your kind words. Yes, I feel very blessed to have had dad in recovery for the last years of his life. I can't even explain all the healing that went on with us. God is so good:)Thanks for taking time for me today, it means a lot.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

Hello there erthfrend-I am so touched that my tribute to dad gave you the chills. You are a loving and empathetic person. I am so glad I found you on hubpages. Peace to you my new friend:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

Hello justom-You are so right about the bottle being dad's shield. My dad was a very sensitive man with a big heart and I can't imagine how hard it was for him to see the things he saw. I feel for all of the men and women who serve to keep us safe and free as it has to change them with all the trauma. Bless you justom for seeing my dad as more than just his struggles. Peace:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

Hi DavePrice and thanks so much for your caring words to me. Yes, all of us probably have one struggle or another with our parents but it is all worth it in the end just to know they love us. Dad's are so important for girls as they grow into young woman and I take many lessons from my dad.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

Breakfastpop-18 is so very young to lose a parent. I am so glad your memories of your dad are so warm. I lost my mother at nine years old and that made dad and I even closer and that much harder when he passed away. I do know he is in heaven with mom and they are glad to be together again. Thanks for visiting me on a day when I needed it. It helps so much to talk about him. :)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

Dear RevLady-Thanks for stopping by and reading my tribute to my father. He meant so much to me and it use to hurt me so much when he drank. I felt somehow his drinking was my fault and it meant he didn't love me. Once in recovery he expressed how much he loved us and that the drinking had nothing to do with us. As an adult I see that alcoholism is a disease and not something they choose. Thanks so much for your lovely words to me. Blessings:)

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

Thank You for your kind words twentyfive. I do hope dad is proud of me. He was an amazing man with the biggest heart you could imagine. Thanks for stopping in on this poem and tribute. Bless You

William Kovacic from Pleasant Gap, PA on October 12, 2010:

So beautiful--that relationship between father and daughter is so special. Glad you got to enjoy it for awhile and glad you have the memories!

Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on October 12, 2010:

M.T., this is a remarkable tribute to your dad's memory and I thank you.

Beautifully done.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 12, 2010:

A very beautiful and touching tribute to your father.

God Bless

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on October 12, 2010:

Hugs and appreciation for your sharing this feeling and tribute you have for your Dad. Mine was most precious to me as well - & of course - I've published a tribute to him.

I adored both my parents - each gave so much of themselves and each was courageous and so valuable.

As a woman, I feel a special admiration for and awe toward a good man. Men seem born to have such great challenges to face and are always expected to conquer them with such self-control and stoic courage, to never flaunt or boast about it and to endure endlessly. The undercurrents to this brave performance may have swirling whirlpools and impossible odds and a breaking heart, yet they must persist.

So when I read of others' wonderful Dads, brothers, husbands, friends - I appreciate it deeply. As for those dads who don't quite make the honor roll, I feel they may have faltered and then been taken down, but it is somewhat part of the setup. Guys have a rigid timetable for success and it is extremely difficult to recover from back-sets, once they are grown and on their life's paths. They should be given some slack. Good to hear that sons, especially, can forgive their dads' errors and love them still.

KKalmes from Chicago, Illinois on October 12, 2010:

Hello MT, beautiful... my father was a gambler with eight children... addictions are tough and when a parent has one, the whole family has it. glad to have found you and anxious to read more of your hubs.

TheManWithNoPants from Tucson, Az. on October 12, 2010:

This was beautiful, and while I can't apply it to my dad, I can to my mom. Saddlerider and I have some things very much in common. Our father's weren't any Andy Griffiths, but we still have a love for them that never died.

saddlerider1 on October 12, 2010:

What a wonderful heart felt tribute to your Dad. I didn't see much of mine after 10 years old and what memories I have of him were not so pleasant but I still love him.

When I read of someone like you who's Dad meant so much to, it brings a tear to my eye. Thank you for sharing this with us all, Dad's and Mom's are missed and the time we had with them we want to be precious. Peace and hugs.

Martie Coetser from South Africa on October 12, 2010:

I’m so glad for you that he was able to put it down in time. Now he can forever be a winner in your memories. Touching poem, voted up.

erthfrend from Florida on October 12, 2010:

wow, I got the chills reading this. So very touching and beautiful. I am of course so sorry for your loss. Your dad is watching over you though and hears all these loving thoughts you have of him. Thank you for sharing this with us. I can see how much you love and miss him.

justom from 41042 on October 12, 2010:

I salute your father. If he was a bomber in the war Lord only knows what he saw and did. War does strange things to folks, I know. That bottle was his shield and he did the best he could. Bless him, Peace!! Tom

DavePrice from Sugar Grove, Ill on October 12, 2010:

Thank you for sharing your heart. Whether it is alcohol or some other culprit, many of us have struggled and conquered our relationship with our fathers; your words speak for many, beautifully so.

breakfastpop on October 12, 2010:

Very moving. I didn't have a dad who struggled with alcoholism, but I had a dad who left this earth too early. I was 18 years old when he died and I loved him more than words can say.

RevLady from Lantana, Florida on October 12, 2010:

How beautiful a poem in honor of your father Minnetonka Twin. May your life continue to honor his memory in the joy of our heavenly Father.

Love, peace, and joy in Him who has privilged us to call Him, Father.

Forever His,

twentyfive on October 12, 2010:

Very moving verses..I'm sure your dad is so proud as you're proud of him.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 12, 2010:

Thank you so much saleheensblog-I do hope dad is pleased in heaven with my poem here. Thanks for coming by today:)

saleheensblog from Dhaka,Bangladesh on October 11, 2010:

very much touching Minnetonka Twin, your feelings were so alive in your words. He will be pleased from the heaven.

Linda Rogers (author) from Minnesota on October 11, 2010:

Thanks a lot Dave for your kind words. Today was bittersweet for me. I have great memories of my father but the part of missing him is hard every day. A part of me died when he left but I try to fill the void with the love of the rest of my family. I am really glad to hear that your getting back to hubpages and that I found you as I hubbed the other night. Sometime you just know when you have met a great person that your meant to meet. I look forward to checking out more of your hubs. Thanks Dave for reading my ode to dad.

mysticdave from Salt Lake City, Utah on October 11, 2010:

This is such a beautiful and heartfelt poem to your father...it really pulled at my heart strings :) And i love your taste in music as well... :) Also, i would like to thank you so much for visiting my hubs. I have not been on hubpages for a long time, and i kind of neglected it, but i have gone through and re-vamped all my hubs, and i look forward in doing some more, and reading more of yours as well :)

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